1932 Negro Southern League
The 1932 Negro Southern League was the only season that the Negro Southern League was considered a major league. That owed in large part to the collapse of the original Negro National League and the fact that the second NNL had not yet formed. With the Great Depression, the only other major black league was the East-West League, which did not last out the season. Several top teams that were usually NNL members (Chicago, Indianapolis, plus sometimes members Memphis, Louisville and Birmingham) thus participated in the NSL.
On the other hand, it is sometimes hard to tell exactly which teams played in the NSL as contemporary sources differ. The official compilation at Seamheads.com bases itself off the Chicago Defender listings. As with the 1933 NNL, there was dispute over who won the title, no surprise given the league's chaotic nature. Chicago and Monroe both claimed the first half; Chicago was awarded the title. Nashville won the second half and Chicago beat them 4 games to 3 in the playoffs for the title.
The league had the first major leaguer from the Bahamas, Ormond Sampson.
- Chicago American Giants, 34-12 (Manager: Dave Malarcher)
- Monroe Monarchs, 34-14 (Frank Johnson)
- Birmingham Black Barons, 10-9 (Poindexter Williams)
- Nashville Elite Giants, 24-23 (Joe Hewitt)
- Montgomery Grey Sox, 23-25-1 (Henry Hannon)
- Indianapolis ABCs, 18-21-4 (Candy Jim Taylor)
- Memphis Red Sox, 23-27 (Goose Curry)
- Columbus Turf Club, 3-5-2 (??)
- Louisville Black Caps, 12-27-1 (Jimmie Lyons/Jim Brown)
- Little Rock Grays, 5-12 (Ruben Jones)
- Atlanta Black Crackers, 6-17 (??)
- Bold indicates league record, Italics indicate all-time record